Roger Federer won't quit tennis

Roger Federer celebrates his win over Juan Martin Del Potro during the quarter finals of the Paris Masters on November 1, 2013
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Roger Federer says that tennis is in his DNA and that he does not intend to retire any time soon.

Roger Federer has insisted that he has no plans to retire from tennis any time soon despite suffering his worst season to date in 2013.

The Swiss failed to win any Grand Slam titles and was on the wrong end of a number of shock defeats, before finishing the year by losing to world number one Rafael Nadal in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2.

Despite his disappointing campaign, Federer says that tennis is in his DNA and has pledged to continue for as long as he can.

"For me, it's pretty simple: this is what I used to do as a little boy. It's something that always is there in your DNA," Federer told reporters.

"Clearly today it's different than when I was 12 years old, but it's just something I enjoy doing.

"The thing is that when you stop, you're still so young, why stop so early? Why just walk away from it because I have many other things to do in my life than play tennis? But because I can still choose, I pick to play."

Federer's last Grand Slam title came at Wimbledon in 2012.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their group B singles match in the round robin stage on the second day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 5, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060